Published: Monday 11 June, 2018

RIP Fr. Richmond Nilo: Priest Shot Dead While Celebrating Mass in Nueva Ecija

Another Catholic priest has been shot dead. Rev. Fr. Richmond Villamor Nilo was killed while celebrating mass on Sunday afternoon, June 10, in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. Fr. Nilo’s death comes just over a month after another priest was shot dead in Cagayan.

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Fr. Richmond Nilo lies dead on the altar after being shot while celebrating mass in Nueva Ecija. (via

According to news reports, Fr. Richmond Nilo had just started with the Sunday mass in Barangay Mayamot in Zaragoza when he was shot through the chapel’s window. The priest died on the spot.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has confirmed the death of Fr. Nilo.

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“BREAKING: Another priest, Fr, Richmond Nilo of the Cabanatuan diocese, was shot dead by unidentified persons while celebrating Mass around 5pm Sunday inside a chapel in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. #cbcpnews,” the CBCP wrote on its social media page.

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Witnesses said there were two gunmen. Their identities are yet unknown.

The shooting of Fr. Richmond Nilo is the second killing of a Catholic priest in as many months. In April, Fr. Mark Ventura was shot dead by a still unidentified gunman after Sunday mass in Cagayan. His death remains unsolved though a sizable reward has been put up by his family and the police.

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